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    I hate Joe Rogan and CK. But Joe Rogan since I was a kid annoyed me. I would watch Fear Factor and wish he wasn’t there.

    Yeah, I hate how Rogan just tends to agree too often with his guests on his show with not much debate or pushback on their at times insanely bigoted ideas. Even though I liked Strange Times, I dislike how he enhances the cultural stigma against male victims of sexual abuse from women. People in our society laugh at guys when they come forward about that kind of stuff, assuming all men are just horny animals who “want it” anyway and have no right to feel trauma even if they didn’t consent to their sexual encounter. Anyone can sexually assault anyone in this world and Rogan’s “Harvina Weinstein” bit helped absolutely no one in regards to this sad real stigma.

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    “Did Trump Lie About Pulling Troops From Syria?”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIcQoDBmrRo

    I’m embarrassed I even gave Trump credit for this one, taking the troops out of Syria, since now he’s apparently okay with letting more American soldier’s lives be wasted. The Cheeto-in-Chief simply can’t be counted on for ANYTHING he says, can he? It should NOT be America’s job to play big brother to every other country in the world, including Syria. There will always be terrorism, you can’t kill an idea.

    Lindsey Graham is the biggest neocon warhawk in the Senate. He has also attended a Bilderberg group meeting FYI. Deep state creeps like him give globalism the imperialist reputation it so often has in our culture. I believe in globalism in an idealistic sense, having empathy with those who are far less privileged and technologically advanced in other parts of the world, but his heartless warmongering is beyond sickening.

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    President Donald Trump delivered an address to the American people from the Oval Office on Tuesday, speaking about the crisis on the Southern border.
    “This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice,” Trump said in his eight-minute address, describing it as “a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.”
    The president detailed the ongoing migration and illegal immigration crisis but did not declare an official State of Emergency, which would allow him to shift funding to fund border security without Congress.  “The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: Because Democrats will not fund border security.”

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    Democrats insisted that networks give them equal airtime to respond to Trump’s first Oval Office address on border security, but it may have backfired.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) prompted mocking on social media after they delivered a wooden rebuttal while being squished together behind one podium.
    Their rebuttal drew comparison after comparison to concerned parents scolding their child.   It looked like the American Gothic couple broadcast their ‘rebuttal’ from the Overlook Hotel…resist, resist, resist ad nauseum.

     

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/us/politics/trump-speech.html

    “The wall will also be paid for, indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.”
    False.
    First, the revised North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, has yet to pass in Congress. Any economic benefits from the agreement, if it passes, will most likely come in the form of lower tariffs for American companies or higher wages for American workers.

    This is different from Mr. Trump’s campaign promise that Mexico would finance the wall.

    “The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.”
    False.
    Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in funding for border security measures like enhanced surveillance and fortified fencing. They do not support Mr. Trump’s border wall.

    At a meeting with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer in December, Mr. Trump took responsibility for the partial government shutdown.

    “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” he said.

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    Congressional Democrats are ditching House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ardent opposition to any barrier or wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, as the partial government shutdown continues.

    ““If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said on CNN.

    “Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) added.

    Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY)–the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee–said they would support fencing and barriers where necessary along the border.

    Senate Minority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says he believes there will be a new barrier along the border in the future.

    Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) says Democrats support a barrier including a fence.

    Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the Vice Chair of the Democrat conference, says that the border would benefit from additional barriers.

    These very prominent congressional Democrats’ message on the effectiveness of a wall or barrier or fence is very different from the coordinated message from Schumer and Pelosi.  It is certainly good to see reason and logic from at least a few Dems.

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    Ocasio-Cortez’s Attacks on Democrats Have Party Scrambling for Damage Control

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became an overnight sensation when she unseated longtime New York House Democrat Joe Crowley, but now she is causing tension in the establishment wing of the party and some are seeking ways to put a damper on her anti-establishment agenda.

    Ocasio-Cortez  has been slamming both the GOP and Democrats on social media, including on Twitter, where she has 2.2 million followers.  Ocasio-Cortez is destined for a lonely, ineffectual career in Congress if she continues to treat her own party as the enemy.

    “I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”  “She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?”

     

     

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    Donald Trump Pumps the Brakes on Declaring State of Emergency: ‘It’s the Easy Way Out’

    “I’d rather not do it because this is something that Congress should easily do, and I don’t want to give them an easy way out,” he said. “I want the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote.”  Hell will freeze over first.

    Pelosi, Schumer, AOC, Waters kind of Democrats do not understand  compromise.  The USA is becoming ‘ungovernable’.

    One excellent solution is a ‘benign dictatorship’, one which has the best interests of the people as their primary concern.  (Not the dystopian nightmare imposed on the Chinese people by Emperor Xi.)

    Another approach is the multi-party system.  There would be the Progressive Left, the Moderate Left, the Moderate Right, the Far right,, the Greens and the Communists, and, in Canada, the Separatists(FLQ), and more.

    An obscure but intriguing article, written in 1997 by two brainy conservatives, Tom Flanagan and Stephen Harper provides a passionate defence of coalition governments.
    The whole article is a detailed, persuasive and deeply-researched plea for governments to be forced to compromise with opposition coalitions. That’s the only way, said Harper and Flanagan, to curb the tendency to a “one-party state”.

    Canada’s “winner take all” system sucks.  Right now we are in the clutches of an insane globalist, and our nest election cannot come soon enough.

    Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. The great H. L. Mencken

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    This is priceless

    The media erupted on Thursday afternoon after President Trump informed Speaker Pelosi her “public relations” trip to Afghanistan, Egypt, and Brussels has been postponed so that she can stay in DC and negotiate with him.

    He canceled her flight just one hour before she was scheduled to depart — Pelosi and other lawmakers were on the bus enroute to the airport.  The bus full of Dem lawmakers and Pelosi was driving in circles around the US Capitol!  LOL.

    The President also promptly returned a full cart of luggage to Pelosi’s office.
    The luggage was returned to halls of Congress on a cart marked “military liaison.”

    This is hilarious and so appropriate.

     

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    18-year-old Saudi refugee Rahaf Mohammed, who was given asylum after fleeing her country and the religion of Islam, continues to receive death threats.

    I am very proud that Canada took her in, and screw the Saudis.  PM Justin Trudeau is already at odds with the misogynistic Saudi kingdom.  He has this crazy idea that women deserve equal rights.

    Rahaf Mohammed continues to receive death threats.  Seeking to communicate the benefits of her new “free” life in Canada, Mohammed posted a photograph of bacon and eggs alongside the caption “Omg bacon”. She also posted an image of herself enjoying a Starbucks in which the girls’ bare legs were also visible.

    By becoming a vocal adversary to Islam, Mohammed has received multiple Internet death threats according to Mario Calla, head of the immigration services company tasked with helping Mohammed by the Canadian government.
    She also has to be accompanied by a security guard 24/7 in Toronto ensuring that “she is never alone” (fatwa anyone?).

    “She sees these threats. She has left Islam and she basically has broken away from her family, and that scares her,” said Calla.
    Mohammed left Saudi Arabia after renouncing Islam, which is punishable by death in the Gulf Kingdom.
    After arriving in Bangkok, she was originally set to be returned to Kuwait, where her family, who she claims had threatened to kill her, were waiting.

    However, after a live tweeting campaign that captured global attention, she was declared a legitimate refugee by the UN and finally given asylum by Canada.
    Mohammed now plans to become an activist drawing attention to the plight of women living under Islam around the world.
    “Today and for years to come, I will work in support of freedom for women around the world,” she said.

    Here is woman working for real social justice.

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    This is priceless

    The media erupted on Thursday afternoon after President Trump informed Speaker Pelosi her “public relations” trip to Afghanistan, Egypt, and Brussels has been postponed so that she can stay in DC and negotiate with him.

    He canceled her flight just one hour before she was scheduled to depart — Pelosi and other lawmakers were on the bus enroute to the airport. The bus full of Dem lawmakers and Pelosi was driving in circles around the US Capitol! LOL.

    The President also promptly returned a full cart of luggage to Pelosi’s office.
    The luggage was returned to halls of Congress on a cart marked “military liaison.”

    This is hilarious and so appropriate.

    Pelosi doesn’t play 3D chess like the establishment media would have you believe, she gets played by a 3D, Deplorable Dumbass Donny! Sorry but I couldn’t resist, the fanboy hype she gets while being a corporate tool is insane. I identity as a progressive, both socially and economically, but from her voting record Pelosi has always been more conservative economically, or at least far too willing to let the GOP have their way. I hate to say it, but I think she’s only gotten this far because of her being a woman. Only saying it because it seems so clearly obvious.

    But… I guess I’m supposed to give her points for blocking Trump’s SOTU Address, even though he already has ways to mess with her right back? I just want this shutdown to be over by this point, it has truly become a national embarrassment. Trump or Pelosi will break, my money’s on Pelosi simply due to how inhumanly stubborn Trump and his BFF McConnell have consistently been.

    Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to see that Trump doesn’t just cave in even when there seems to be overwhelming public pressure on him to do a certain thing? If he wouldn’t drop out of the Presidential election after that Access Hollywood “Grab ’em by the p***y” tape exploded all over the news, then I bet you he won’t budge an inch for this shutdown until he gets the billions he demands to fund the US-Mexico border wall.

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46872412
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/politics/fbi-trump-russia-inquiry.html
    cartoon

    Nobody ever seems to talk about this since the media’s emphasis is always on Putin himself, but I hope those Russian hackers who helped rig the outcomes of several key swing states are sleeping pretty good at night, knowing what they’ve done. Really, whoever those people are, I hope they at least got paid well to sell not only their souls but the lives and futures of the American people away to a homophobic Russian dictator with IMO serious toxic masculinity issues. Don’t get me wrong, Putin can go straight to hell along with every other authoritarian in power in any country in the world, but I can’t help but think of those anonymous hacker minions who did his dirty work, “just following orders.”

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